Microsoft Europe's Senior Regional Director Neil Thompson said he believes the built-in Blu-ray support of the PS3 doesn't give Sony's console an edge over the Xbox 360.
His statements also indicate Microsoft may offer a Blu-ray addon for the Xbox 360 in the future.
Thompson’s comment alludes to the possibility that the Xbox 360 may support Blu-ray Disc media should the format become unquestionably victorious. Speaking to the BBC, Thompson said, “Whatever format wins it is highly likely we will offer a solution. The only debate is if you want to watch Blu-ray movies and pay the extra money for that feature. We prefer to offer the consumer choice.”
An analysts quoted by the Financial Times believes that the decision not to include HD DVD with the Xbox 360 Elite is a blow to Toshiba, who is oddly given sole credit for the HD DVD format. “I think, if nothing else, this is an acknowledgement that Blu-ray is going to win [the standards war],” said Michael Pachter, video games analyst at Wedbush Morgan Securities. “It would have been a costly mistake to build it into the hardware if HD-DVD loses and I think Microsoft sees this as an unacceptable gamble.”